Booze, Balls, and Bugbears

Get the latest on to-go booze and the much-reviled 80/20 rule. plus an industry golf tourney.

Smiling brunette woman wearing golf gear on the course and holding a golf club in one hand and golf ball in the other.
Par-ty on the links next Tuesday. / Copyright: Stephen Coburn

To-go booze squeaked across the finish line during this legislative sessions, and even up until Governor Polis signed the bill, changes were being made to last-call time; it’s now midnight. In addition, the Department of Labor is looking at re-introducing an old operator bugbear: the 80/20 rule. Finally, if you like to chase tiny balls around on your off hours, support the Colorado Restaurant Association’s lobbying efforts at a golf tournament next week.

The following information comes from the CRA’s June 21 and 23 newsletters. Sign up to receive the full versions here.

New Midnight Last Call for Alcohol To Go

Following last week’s signing of the Alcohol To Go Bill, new regulations are currently in effect regarding last call for alcohol to go. Effective immediately, sales of alcohol for takeout and delivery must conclude by midnight. Sales may resume at 7 a.m. 

We will be providing an Alcohol To Go Bill compliance guide in the coming days to help you navigate this new legislation. 

NOTE:  Nothing else changes with to-go alcohol sales at this time for restaurants. We will update you as other sections of the recently passed Alcohol To Go Bill take effect.

Thank you again to everyone who shared their personal testimony to help us get this bill across the finish line. We look forward to the benefits that alcohol to go sales will provide for restaurants over the next four years.

Analysis of the Re-Introduction of the “80/20” Rule: Check Out This Article From Fisher Phillips

“The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will affect most businesses with tipped employees if the business utilizes the tip-credit method of payment. The thrust of this proposal is the re-introduction of the notorious 80/20 Rule – sometimes called the “20% Rule.” The DOL’s new version of the 80/20 rule is even more burdensome for employers as it places additional limitations on the amount of time that tipped employees can spend performing work that is not directly tip-producing itself, but which supports that tip-producing work. The DOL’s proposal also removes clarity about which job duties fall into the category of “supporting tip-producing work.” Needless to say, this development is not good for employers. What do employers need to know about this June 21 release?”
Click here to read the full article from our partners at Fisher Phillips to learn more.

Support Our Advocacy Efforts: Join Us on July 27 for the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Golf Classic

Join the Colorado Restaurant Association for the 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Golf Classic at the Hilton Denver Inverness on Tuesday, July 27, 2021! 

Prepare yourself for the beautiful, playable, and challenging J. Press Maxwell championship golf course. It requires strategy and a thoughtful approach, thanks to gentle but unforgiving slopes, rolling hills, and deep bunkers. Water comes into play on 11 of the 18 holes, and the course’s par-3 holes test the precision of even the best golfers.

Enjoy the opportunity to play this stunning course while building connections with fellow restaurateurs, and raising money for the Restaurant Advocacy Fund. The advocacy work we do on behalf of Colorado restaurants would not be possible without this support!

Event Details:

  • When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    • 12–1 p.m. Check-in/Registration
    • 1:30 p.m. Shotgun start, “Shamble” Format
    • 6–7:30 p.m. Reception, Sunrise Room
  • Where: The Hilton Denver Inverness | 200 Inverness Dr W, Englewood, CO 80112

Register here.

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